If you would like to discover Ecuador, a rental car is highly recommended. Traveling with a rental car is an ideal way of discovering places and points of interest that are hard to reach by public transportation.

The network of rural roads in Ecuador has significantly improved. Especially sections of the completely asphalted Panamericana are in very good condition. A toll is due on these roads.

An international driver's license is necessary for driving in the country which is often requested during common police checks.

The traffic regulations generally correspond to the international standard, are however often not strictly applied by the locals. Therefore you should also be especially alert in traffic.

Gasoline is reasonably priced in Ecuador. At higher elevations, the gas consumption also often increases to over 20 liters / 100 km. Be sure to fill your tank regularly and possibly take along a reserve canister.

Which rental car is the right one?

Not all rental cars are suitable for all routes in Ecuador. Many roads are in good condition, but there are also gravel and dirt roads for which we recommend an off-road vehicle. This especially applies to the rainy season (from January to May on the coast on the western cliffs of the Andes, from November to May in the Sierra, the actual Andes area). For this reason, you will find the necessary information concerning road conditions, estimated travel times and distances for every trip on the maps from If an off-road vehicle is absolutely necessary, this is clearly indicated on the section of the map. Use this information when planning your trip in Latin America.